Peugeot revealed its all-new 9X8, a futuristic hypercar that will make its competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in 2022, also known as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 2.6L V6 engine generating 680 hp, paired with a 268 hp electric motor drawing power from a 900-volt battery pack, mated to a seven-speed sequential transmission. Since FIA regulations only allow a maximum of 680 hp to be used at any time during the race, the combined 948 hp can only be used on the road. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Bentley’s 2021 Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racer, based on the company’s race- and championship-winning car, powered its way through the 12.42-mile course running on a biofuel-based gasoline. Unfortunately, Rhys Millen’s time of 6:36.281 across the shortened course, due to icy conditions as well as engine issues, was only good enough for second place in the Time Attack 1 class. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Ever wonder how fast an F1 car really is? If so, there’s no better hypercar to pit one against than the Bugatti Chiron, which is powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0L W16 engine that produces 1,479 horsepower and 1,165 pound-feet of torque that send to all four wheels through its dual-clutch automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the 2011 Red Bull RB7’s 2.4-liter V8 makes just 750 hp, but the vehicle weighs in at just 1433 pounds. Read more for the video and additional information.
Alauda Racing’s Airspeeder Mk3 is the world’s first flying eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff or landing) race car, and it successfully completed its first flight. This quadcopter-like creation is designed to compete against others in the EXA Series, which will consist of four teams competing across three events worldwide over locations inaccessible to traditional motorsport. To ensure things go smoothly, there will be a pre-season involving an internal drag-race style competition between two distinct ‘works teams’ drawn from within the company. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Here’s a first look at the E1 Series RaceBird, an all-electric powerboat inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water. This water vessel features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology, allowing it to rise high above the water’s surface for minimum drag as well as maximum energy efficiency. This will not only improve performance, but also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following a competitor. Read more for a video and additional information.
Created by Furrion Exo-Bionics, Prosthesis is essentially a 8,800-pound quadruped mech suit that can be used to lift a car, climb over large rocks and even run in the snow. Company co-founder and chief test pilot Jonathan Tippett says the ultimate goal is to pioneer the never before seen sport of mech racing. The suit has been in development for over 10-years, and Cassie Hawrysh was officially the first professional athlete to pilot the suit. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 has finally been revealed, and it’s touted as the world’s first electric flying race car. The company is currently building a number of these racing vehicles at its technical facility in Adelaide, South Australia, which will then be supplied to teams for the first races around electronically governed courses in late 2021. At 220-pounds, this F1-inspired flying car is powered by a 96-kW battery pack that enables it to reach speeds in excess of over 75mph. Read more for a video and additional information.
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You’ve probably seen plenty of realistic racing simulators, but Moto Trainer could be the ultimate for motorcycle fans. Its proprietary software recreates the world’s greatest tracks, allowing riders to train on every MotoGP circuit around the world. The real-world movements are perfectly synchronized to the digital rendering of their character on-screen. They can then use the on-board laps as a ghost of sorts to train in seamless synchronicity with their on-screen counterpart. Read more for two videos and additional information.
MACA is a France-based startup that unveiled plans at CES 2021 for a racing series based around their hydrogen-powered Carcopter. They claim it’s the first manned flying hydrogen Formula 1-style vehicle, capable of hitting a top speed of 153 mph. Since Formula 1 has plans to eliminate the carbon footprint of their vehicles and the on-track activities, it would actually make sense to have a drivetrain to replace their current hybrid power unit. Read more for a video and additional information.
The factory Subaru BRZ isn’t designed to be a track car, but the automaker’s new BRZ GT300 most certainly is. No specifications have been revealed, but some are speculating that it will use a highly modified 2.4L flat-4, paired with a sequential transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. How much power is yet to be seen, though the 2022 Subaru BRZ’s 2.4L flat-4 generates 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.